The second round of the 2013 NBA playoffs has been nothing short of incredible, including thrilling, unexpected upsets and heroic performances from some of the top stars in the game.
That’s is likely going to continue on Wednesday night, when the Chicago Bulls try to steal another game from the Miami Heat after they shocked the world on Monday night.
The Warriors will also try to get revenge against the Spurs, who finally persevered in double-overtime to hold on to home-court advantage.
Let’s take a closer look at these two series, which includes a short preview for each game and information on where and when to catch all the action.
Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls, Game 2, Eastern Conference Semifinals
When: Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
Series Record: Bulls 1, Miami 0
After the Bulls managed to rip off a 10-0 run to close out the Heat in Game 1, anything seems possible in these playoffs.
Chicago utilized a lineup that included the severely undersized Nate Robinson, unheralded Jimmy Butler and banged-up Joakim Noah playing on one good foot.
However, coach Tom Thibodeau’s squad managed to get it done with an incredible display of heart, defense and talent. This team simply steps up when it faces the toughest circumstances, including an impressive Game 7 win on the road in the first round and now this.
If the Bulls are to pull off another stunning victory, they’ll need to continue to limit the Miami shooters, get a better performance out of Carlos Boozer (a Heat destroyer in the regular season) and take care of the rock.
This should be a great game that you won’t want to miss as the Bulls attempt to bury the Heat at home while Miami will do its best to dig itself out of this early hole.
Prediction: Heat 97, Bulls 92
San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors, Game 2, Western Conference Semifinals
When: Wednesday, May 8 at 9:30 p.m. ET
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio
Series Record: Spurs 1, Warriors 0
There may not have been a more exciting performance during the 2012-13 campaign than the show the Warriors and Spurs put on during the opening contest of their seven-game series.
This 58-minute battle saw the Spurs climb back from 16 points down with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter for a back-and-forth affair in the first overtime. Golden State clawed back from a five-point deficit with a minute left in the second OT and Manu Ginobili hit a heartbreaking three-pointer from the corner to clinch the 129-127 win with 1.2 seconds left.
It was an instant classic that will be worth watching over and over after the playoffs, but for now, it’s time to settle in and get ready for Game 2.
Stephen Curry will try to top his amazing 44-point, 11-assist showing in which he hit 18-of-35 attempts from the field and 6-of-14 from beyond the arc.
However, Tony Parker was a nightmare on the other end, pacing the Spurs with 28 points, eight boards and eight dimes in 48 minutes of play.
Keep an eye on both point guards in what should be another epic showdown between an up-and-coming contender and an old favorite.
Prediction: Warriors 107, Spurs 105